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I’ve Got the USB Power

But how much in milliamps?

I’ve Got the USB Power

This small tool allows you to monitor current consumed by any USB device plugged into your PC, showing the value on a voltmeter module. Alternatively, why not trace it on the oscilloscope?


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Component list
R1 = 0.05Ohm 1W 1%, Welwyn OAR1-R050FI (Farnell # 1200363)
R2 = 18kOhm (SMD 0805)
R3 = 2.00kOhm (SMD 0805)
C1 = 100nF X7R (SMD 0805)
IC1 = TSC101A, TSOP-5 case
K1 = USB-A male connector (plug), PCB mount, through hole
K2 = USB-A female connector (socket), PCB mount, through hole
MOD1 = Voltcraft 70004 LCD panel meter module; Conrad-Uk.com # 121065-89
PCB # 110568-1
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